Time to dig up the past?

Dear Annie: I have never met my biological father. My parents have never lied to me about him. They told me the truth about where I came from and have always added that they love me. I received presents from this man from the time I was 6 until I was 13, and then I […]

Safety around bicyclists is key

There has been some discussion lately about California Senate Bill 910, which would require “3 feet to pass bikes.” Apropos of which, while I was riding back from Winters to Davis along Putah Creek Road late Sunday afternoon, I was passed by a large pickup truck on a right-hand turn — one of limited visibility, […]

Hacking isn’t the best word choice

Sunday’s front-page article, titled “Meat Goes Local,” introducing Manas Ranch, did not serve Fred and Alice Manas well if folks only read the opening paragraphs. The article opened with a sentence that ended with the following statement: “… linking the animals ranchers raise to the people who like to eat them.” The third paragraph opened […]

Korea-U.S. FTA is a bad deal

The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement will cost our country jobs and further damage the economy at a time when we can least afford it. Just like with NAFTA, proponents of the Korea FTA claim it will increase exports and create jobs. But even the U.S. International Trade Commission, a federal agency that has often over-estimated […]

It’s an investment for the future

I am a bit perplexed by the reactions of some people to the water rate proposals made by the city of Davis. Like everyone else, our family does not enjoy paying more than necessary for services. But let’s look at our water rates and compare these to other communities. Our family currently pays $25 per […]

Legal decision lacks common sense

Prison doctors cannot forcibly medicate Jared Lee Loughner. That is what a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. From a legal perspective, perhaps it was the right decision. The chief judge, Alex Kozinski, a Reagan appointee, is an unusually smart lawyer. He was joined by two Clinton appointees, Kim […]

Preseason greed could end NFL lockout

The issue: Lure of games’ cash may sway owners to end this senseless labor dispute Any real pro football fan realized long ago that preseason games are virtually worthless — a pitiful rite of summer in which nothing really counts except injuries, and ticket money that is extorted from sweltering fans. But finally, it appears […]

Are foreign grad students good for us?

The University of Southern California enrolls more foreign students as both undergraduates and advanced graduate students than any campus in America. Stanford, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley are all among the top 15 in both categories, too. Which means that foreign student tuition, often paid at premium out-of-state levels by temporary legal immigrants […]

Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

By Jay Ambrose Reports of his death, Mark Twain once humorously said, were greatly exaggerated. And so are reports of America’s decline. But there’s an obvious difference. Death is final and definitive and has either happened or it hasn’t, which means you cannot really exaggerate it. Decline is a process, and even when dismal predictions […]

Illegals increase GOP power, for now

At almost every chance they get, prominent Republican politicians spew a line of anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric they insist is true, even when most of their claims are unproven. They excoriate illegals for depriving Americans of jobs. Yet experiments carried out at unemployment offices indicate American citizens refuse even to apply for unskilled farm, hotel, restaurant […]

9/11 memorials spread across the country

The remaining wreckage of the Twin Towers and the fire and rescue vehicles that tried vainly and fatally to save them are in Hangar 17 at New York’s JFK airport. The goal of the artifacts’ caretakers is to have the hangar largely empty by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 two months from now. SOME OF […]

Davis family enjoys a ‘staycation’

A Davis family who normally goes on a number of camping trips and visits family out of state decided to stay put during the middle of this summer, by taking a downtown Davis “staycation.” Twelve-year Davis residents Kyle Monhollen and Amy George, along with their two daughters Hazel, 8, and Nola, 6, “wanted to become […]

When in-laws are landlords

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been happily married for 10 years. Two years ago, we both lost our jobs, so we moved in with his parents. The problem is, my in-laws are so used to getting their way that they become angry when they don’t. Friends and family members usually give in to […]

Does a young kid need sleep meds?

Dear Annie: For the past two years, my 4-year-old granddaughter has been given medication to “help her enter REM sleep” at night, and the dosage was recently increased. She seems drugged and impossible to wake up. This drug worries me, and I also have no clue what the long-term effects might be. I mentioned my […]